Salt: A World History Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Yi Dun believed to have made salt?

2. Why were dead bodies so important to the Egyptians?

3. Which of the following industries was one of the cornerstones of the Roman economy?

4. What is ketchup named after?

5. What group was the ruling class of Rome?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did salt become one of the first mediums of exchange?

2. In what way can American history be described as a constant struggle over salt?

3. Why was salt in such high demand in Britain?

4. Why were the Basques different from other Europeans?

5. Why did the author become fascinated by salt?

6. How did the Basques earn their fortune before the discovery of salt?

7. Why did pilgrims in New England rely so heavily on salt?

8. In what way was meat an essential part of central Europe rather than salt?

9. What was Garum?

10. How did Christopher Columbus cause the decline of Venice?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the author's writing style. How would you describe the author's writing style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? What meaning does the author's style give to the story?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss elements of the narrative structure; Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's themes?

Essay Topic 3

Why was Humphry Davy in the development of salt? What problems has Davy's discovery caused?

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